The Fort Hays State men's and women's track and field team braved cold and windy conditions to combine for seven individual titles on Thursday in the Alex Francis Classic at the FHSU Track and Field Facility.
With a nice contingent of supporters on hand, Plainville graduate Kolt Newell claimed his second straight high jump event with a height of 6-feet, 6 3/4 inches.
Newell said after the event that he was content with the performance, considering the conditions, and always enjoys the opportunity to compete in FHSU's home meet in front of his family and friends.
The senior wrapped up the indoor season by claiming All-American status by placing eighth at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships earlier this month in Pittsburg.
Newell said he's encouraged by the first two outdoor meets of the season, adding that his goal is to move a few places up on the podium in the DII Outdoor National Championships.
FHSU's Brett Meyer, a five-time All-American, claimed the 800 in the 1:54.24. Philip Landrum won the 200 for the Tigers in 21.37 and Cameron Fouts took the javelin title with a throw of 184 feet, 9 inches.
On the women's side, Tigers' standout Yessenia Gonzales won the 5,000-meter run in 18:37. Ellis product Alexcia Deutscher won the javelin with a throw of 146-3 and Summer Kragel won the jump by clearing 5-3.
The Tigers will be back in action next Saturday, competing in the Colorado Invitational in Boulder, Colo.